“Alchemy is about manipulation, but I don’t see it as control, I see it more as expression; expression amalgamating in change.” -Davrick Ro'Lan, Titan 3030
The study of alchemy has been around for millennia. Toward the turn of the century in the early part of the twentieth century, a movement was started to revitalize the scientific integrity of an art form that had all but been abandoned for notions of chemistry. The essential difference between alchemy and chemistry, is that with alchemy, the experimenter remains at all times human. In chemistry, the experimenter pretends they do not exist and attempt to observe and document as some detached, uninvolved, separate, no-thing.
A human has the combined mental, physical and spiritual ability, that when focused with incredible effort, can produce incredible manipulations of matter and energy, the most dramatic of which is known as a transmutation. Less dramatic forms of matter manipulation can be seen in filtration processes.
A transmutation consists of the channeling of a concentrated energy form, which translates to care or concern for people, into an actualization of matter that results in a molecular-level transformation. At large scales, the transmutation is not only impressive but also costly, as to perform such a task requires massive amounts of indoles.
An alchemical filtration process is a technique used to filtrate constitutive elements from one another in any homogenous substance. Most commonly this process is seen used in the industrialized acquisition of naturally occurring indolamines from the Kraken Mare on the satellite Titan. Crews perform such tasks on-site aboard hover-class ships known as methane harvesters. Alchemical filtration is one of the most dangerous form of alchemy performed because of the environment in which it occurs.